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NBC News' Deborah Turness Finishes First Week, Re-Schedules Daily Editorial Meeting

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Deborah Turness wrapped up her first week as president of NBC News on Friday, and has begun making some changes to better focus on what she called "key stories" of the day.

Turness told staffers in a memo, obtained by The Huffington Post, that she spent time in the newsrooms and control rooms and attending meetings across the network this week. She announced that one of her first changes will be to re-schedule the daily editorial share meeting for staffers across the network to 9 a.m.

"That’s because I am keen that the various NBC News operations can coordinate earlier in the day around the key editorial prizes and to identify opportunities for enterprise journalism," Turness explained. "Working together we can deploy the collective might of NBC News more strategically to hit the biggest stories." She also said the meeting would be re-structured "to be more focused around key stories."

Turness, who is the first female president of an American news network, took the reins at the network on Monday. She told staffers that her "first job is to listen" to them as she begins her new role.

Below, read Turness' memo to staff:

Thank you for the amazing welcome I have had this week. I’ve been able to spend time in newsrooms and control rooms and have attended meetings across NBC News. I am ending my first week even more excited at the work we will do together and the great things we can achieve.

I wanted to let you all know that starting Monday the daily editorial Share Meeting is moving. The conference is a useful one that enables the many parts of NBC News to find out what’s going on across the division, but I believe we can make it work much harder for us.

It will, in future, be called The Exchange, and will start at 9am. That’s because I am keen that the various NBC News operations can coordinate earlier in the day around the key editorial prizes and to identify opportunities for enterprise journalism. Working together we can deploy the collective might of NBC News more strategically to hit the biggest stories.

All those who previously attended should still come. And it will be held in the same place, 310E. The structure of the meeting will change to be more focused around key stories, and I am interested in feedback so we can adapt and improve it to maximize success.

Have a great weekend.

Deborah.

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